Overused Themes and Mechanics - 2015
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This geek list was created because i noticed a trend in the last years:
that is a series of games with a theme so overused that it's become quite stale...

like there are practically at least one zombie game every week on Kickstarter and other crwodfunding platforms!

or lately if you are not a "miniature board game" you are not worthy of my money!

joking aside this is not intended as a serious geek list, but rather as a way to discuss, joking a bit and why not maybe help designers find a theme that is not overused!!

so what do you think is an overused theme or mechanic?

chime in and let others know!

i will leave this as a public geek list so everyone can contribute!
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1. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:4623] [Average Rating:5.84 Unranked]
Lance Codarin
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you knew it the moment you set your eyes on this geek list!

yes this is surely the number one theme overused in gaming!!!

after the zombicide injection of 3 successful "and quite tiring" kickstarters, the zombie 15 one, and the incoming zombicide black plague (seriously CMON?)
i think it's time for you developers and designer to think of something else!!

you know there aren't only zombies out there... if you wanna go the "supernatural" route at least make it original!

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2. Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:922]
Lance Codarin
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and here is the second overused theme!

we know it's always fascinating exploring the unknown and everything else...
and if chtulu isn't thematic i don't think anything else is!

but again this is becoming quite stale after many successful hits by game designers:

call of chtulhu, arkham horror (and his cousin eldritch horror), mansion of madness to say the most famous ones!
and now is a proliferation of spinoffs and so on with the recurring themes: witch of salem, elder signs, retiming of werewolf style games, card games with chtulhu on it...

please give the elders a good rest and let them sleep in they slumber for a bitdjkzb chthlu dhsasjkabg dhshfusf
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3. Board Game: Pixel Glory [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:4800] [Average Rating:6.73 Unranked]
Lance Codarin
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this is NOT a critic to the game itself but to the theme that mostly in 2014 and still continues strong in 2015 is rising as one theme that designers use a lot (because it's cheaper for art? dunno)

PIxels! 8 bit! everywhere!

pvp game? nah make it 8 bit PVP!

dungeon crawler? make it 16 bit dungeon crawler!

deckbuilder? nah make it pixel builder!!! (actually this one sounds awesome i'm gonna copyright it right away!!!)
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Greg Gresik
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Deck Building. Please stop. Thanks in advance.

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5. Family: Star Wars
Weston Burk
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I'm not sure there is anything to say really...
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6. Board Game: Pirate Fluxx [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2537]
Steve Blackwell
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AAARGH! Pirates.

Can't believe this hasn't been added yet, especially over the last few weeks.

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7. Board Game: Worker Placement [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:12468]
Andres F. Pabon L.
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Worker Placement, the mechanic.

It seems that nowadays for a mid to heavy game to be considered as "good", it has to have some kind of worker placement going on. Given that this particular set of mechanics usually involves giving more choices to players, a game can become really annoying with AP-prone players.

I don't hate this mechanic per se, but there are so many better ways to design a game out there!
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8. Board Game: Steam Court [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
kevin delp
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Do you think the genre of steampunk is overused? I'm helping with this game and it isn't published yet.
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9. Board Game: Viking [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:8725]
Lance Codarin
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yes! the 2015 is clearly the year of the viking and nordic/celtic stuff!

at least 3 project with vikings on KS every month!

are we reaching the "overused" stuff? not yet but we are closing in!
 
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